Sharpton Ally Sues New Jersey for Arrest at Takeover Hearing

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) -

The leader of the Al Sharpton’s National Action Network chapter in Atlantic City has sued New Jersey over his arrest while testifying at a state Senate hearing.

Steven Young was handcuffed and taken into custody on March 10 after refusing to end his testimony against a state takeover of the struggling city. Disorderly persons charges were later dropped.

The state seized control in November, taking over Atlantic City’s major decision-making power. It also now has the right to seize and sell city assets as part of a plan to stabilize the seaside gambling resort’s teetering finances.

“When it comes to the state taking away our sovereignty and our Constitutional rights, that is very important,” Mr. Young said. “I was speaking up against it, and I guess they wanted to make an example of me. You have to step up and fight back against this kind of thing.”